About Lightfoot Defence


Regardless of the context or requirements; to deliver Innovative, Quality products that are fit for purpose and represent value for money to all our clients.

For over 130 years in the refrigeration and air conditioning field, the name Lightfoot has been synonymous with Quality and Reliability. Throughout the Military and Commercial Sectors alike Lightfoot Defence offers an exceptional service to Design, Manufacture, Maintain, Train and Support systems and equipment from Concept to Disposal.

Lightfoot is committed to providing a quality service to its customers and has invested in a Quality Management System which has been approved by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance to BS EN ISO 9001. Lightfoot ensures that this quality system adheres to a process of continuous improvement through a strict programme of internal audits.

The name ‘Lightfoot’ has always been associated with high quality equipment and the company is well established as a supplier and manufacturer of a wide range of custom built refrigeration and air conditioning systems. They are not only products of quality, but we ensure they are fit-for-purpose and are an example of true value for money. As an ISO 9001 company, safety and quality is taken seriously and we always work to meet any of our clients’ requirements/standards.

Our services extend to Design/Manufacture, Installation, Commissioning, Servicing, Maintenance, Training, Project Management and Integration. All our staff have, or are in the process of, gaining professional recognition in their fields.

We offer a diverse range of bespoke services that will be tailored to meet your needs. Working within multiple industries, Oil & Gas, Aviation, Defence and Commercial we have a broad range of experience to draw upon. We can supply Engineers to integrate with current staff and have the ability to run projects at home and abroad.

In 1885, Mr Thomas Bell Lightfoot, whose name is known throughout the world as one of the pioneers of mechanical refrigeration, founded Lightfoot Refrigeration Company.

Thomas Lightfoot was the designer of the first commercially successful ship’s refrigeration plant in which chemical refrigeration was used. He also designed and patented the ‘Universal’ Lightfoot Dry Air Refrigerator, of which a considerable number were installed in British and foreign warships between 1885 and 1904. The Dry Air Refrigerator was superseded by the open type Ammonia and CO 2 compressors, and ultimately by the current VT and AF range of compressors.

Today, the Lightfoot tradition continues and flourishes.

  • Low Magnetic Specialists
    Lightfoot is the UK’s most experienced refrigeration experts within a low magnetic application.
  • Defence Standards
    Lightfoot has many years successfully experience designing, manufacturing, installing and commissioning equipment to the highest standards. Our equipment is used and proven by defence agencies throughout the world.
  • Customised
    Our systems are never ‘off-the-shelf’. Tailor designed and built to meet your specification.